‘School libraries and librarians matter’ – Thursday 8 Feb 2024

A Literacy and Social Justice Centre Research Seminar.


‘How school libraries and librarians matter for children’s reading lives’ – Thursday 8 February 2024, 14:00-15:00 GMT, online.

Studies have shown that frequent and wide reading in the early and primary years is correlated to later reading proficiency, academic achievement, adolescent digital literacy skills and lifelong learning. Being able to find solace in books is a form of wellbeing for many children. However, there is great disparity in terms of book access for students from differently resourced homes. School libraries, particularly those that are well-stocked and supported by qualified librarians, can do much to narrow the reading gap. In this presentation, Loh Chin Ee will share about the various factors that contribute to a successful primary school library, drawing from a case study of one exemplary school library in Singapore. Loh Chin Ee will also explain how the commitment to building a reading culture in the primary years is formative for adolescent reading enjoyment and development.

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Loh Chin Ee is Associate Professor and Deputy Head (Research) at the English Lnguage and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. Her research focuses on young people’s reading at the intersection of globalisation and technological changes as well as the role of school libraries in fostering reading for pleasure and lifelong learning. More recently, she produced the How We Read podcast and spoke about reading for pleasure in early childhood in an NIE Education Launchpad series.

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